LingQ : an Exciting Languages Learning Project by Steve Kaufmann
This amazing video comes with a transcript!
The term “icebreaker” comes from special ships called “icebreakers” (укр. криголами) that break up ice in the arctic regions. And just as these ships make it easier for other ships to navigate, conversational ice breakers are little tricks (you might call them “openers” or “interest devices”) that help you do just that: break the ice, relax, have fun, and start communicating!
“What we write is not necessarily what people read.” (Steven Darian)
In his new book, “Technique in Nonfiction: The Tools of the Trade,” professor Darian provides information and tips critical to the success of new and experienced writers. It’s a real eye-opener. “Tools” will enlighten you about the writing techniques you never knew existed. It will also enrich your language and writing skills immensely.
I’ll bet people will want to read and re-read this book!
For all those interested… Since one of my recent books (namely, “The Language of Science,” including the latest 2016 edition (already fourth:) is out of print and hard to come by, I’ve decided to give you at least some access to it.
My friends, here you’ll find the latest version of Chapters 1-3 and other useful materials from the textbook.
Besides, here you can find my lectures’ handouts (plus additional handouts).
Hope this helps:)
My Textbook Materials:
MODULES 1-4 LECTURES’ HANDOUT – newly revised, edited, and updated.
The actual lectures cover much, much more!
see also: great material on CONVERSATION STARTERS (“icebreakers”)
VERY IMPORTANT! ON PLAGIARISM: WHAT IT IS, HOW TO AVOID IT
OTHER RELEVANT MATERIALS:
MICASE Spoken Academic English Formulas
Some of my Articles on Writing Essays, Clear Writing and Etiquette
Basic Essays’ Topics (various types of essays
Sample Essays (written by Natalie Kramar, MI2, and myself:)
Great Material on Writing Literature Reviews
And here are some useful links on the issues discussed during our “rump session,” so to speak:), right after the lectures:
On Conference Abstracts (про тези доповідей на конференціях)
Writing Literature Reviews (про критичний огляд літератури)
My Example of a Book Review рецензія на книгу (мій приклад)
The Cornell Notes Method – a Useful Skill
Research Tips from the University at Buffalo:
Harvard College Writing Center
Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab) https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/
University of Leicester Writing Resources http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/ld/resources/writing/writing-resources/science
Writing Text for Research Posters https://doctoralwriting.wordpress.com/2017/04/27/writing-text-for-research-posters/#more-1786
MIT OPENCOURSEWARE https://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm
Khan Academy https://www.khanacademy.org
TED talks https://www.ted.com/
Have just come across an absolutely fascinating podcast. And ab fab doesn’t even begin to cover it. Enjoy!
Yes, it’s MUCH easier to understand the first part of the above saying by Robert McCloskey.
Yet, I do like some negation cases! Especially double negation. It’s a fine way to hedge or downplay what you really think, like, “it’s not impossible,” “it’s not that I don’t like it…” Here, I do NOT refer to officialese or bureaucratese phrases like “not unless,” “not until” or “never without.” Or “don’t hesitate”:) They are “NO-NOs” (negation again?!)
Anyway, it is preferable to avoid negation (another negation case, which simply equals “use affirmative statements”:). Because positive sentences are so much easier to comprehend than negative ones. They are also easier to remember.
Affirmation and negation… Two sides of the same coin, actually.
“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” —Mark Twain
With (almost:) everyone back to school, let’s have a closer look at what makes “education” vs. “schooling” so different. The two notions (and two relevant words – both in English and in Ukrainian) are definitely not the same. While “schooling” (“vyshkil,” in Ukrainian) deals with formal training at some kind of educational establishment, “education” (“osvita,” in Uktainian), on the other hand, means much more than mere schooling. It’s in-depth learning of the world in its totality. It’s getting experience. Because, as professor Steven Darian puts it, “Experience is not just the best teacher. In the long run, it’s the only teacher.”
P.S. On a lighter side, let me quote one of the coolest authors of all time, James Thurber. In “Come Across with the Facts,” he writes:
“Do you believe that education in our time and nation is going to improve?”
lovely women often ask me at cocktail parties.
“No, ma’am,” I always reply, politely, “I think it is going to hell.”